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July 2016 colour design challenge

Ack! The end of July is almost upon us, and again, cutting it so close … with another last minute submission for Dry Gulch’s colour design challenge.

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This month’s theme revolves around sunny & bright, fresh, summer colours in terracotta, golden sand, lemon meringue, green juice and avocado.

I ended up creating two pieces for this challenge – a necklace, and a bracelet.

The first one is a sweet little owl necklace –  “Spread Your Wings” … a hand stamped and patina’d arte metal tag, with a colourized owl charm, a beautiful etched glass bead in shades of both golden sand and lemon meringue by Burnt Glass Studio, a tiny terracotta czech glass bead, lemon yellow waxed cotton and avocado green leather.

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and the second piece is a summery lampwork bead and leather bracelet in the same colours …

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Hope you are all having a happy summer!

 

 

July 27, 2016 at 9:37 pm 1 comment

Happy Canada Day

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July 1, 2016 at 3:59 pm Leave a comment

June 2016 colour design challenge

Happy June!

Are you ready for the 6th installment of Dry Gulch‘s monthly colour design challenge?  (It is so hard to believe that we are halfway through the year already!)

June’s colour palette is inspired by tattered peonies … june-color-challenge-multi-wrap-bracelet-by-peacock-and-lime

(Henna artwork design by Nikita )

… and the piece I created to match, is a multi layered wrap bracelet full of these lovely warm hues …

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This “Mexican Sand” bracelet contains a number of gorgeous elements … beautiful paint brush desert jasper heishe gemstone beads, gorgeous rose gold topaz czech glass beads, flame kissed copper components and 2 lovely little polka dot lampwork beads by Julie Van Ember.

Enjoy summer!

 

June 21, 2016 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

happy valentine’s day

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love images courtesy: jonesdesigncompany 

 

February 14, 2015 at 8:21 am Leave a comment

a pretty penny

” See a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck.”

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image courtesy: Niky Sayers, Bits of NikNats

Yesterday was definitely a good luck day 🙂

A package of highly anticipated supplies arrived, and they are more beautiful than could have been imagined!

After first setting eyes on Niky Sayer‘s amazing coin clasp (shown here in the 2014 Bead Soup Blog Party mix) … I’ve had it in my head to convince her make some for me using the now-out-of-circulation Canadian Penny.  The Canadian Mint ceased distributing them in February of 2013, and I have been collecting the little copper currency, in hopes of having that vision turned into a reality.  And yesterday it did.

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How gorgeous are the hand painted clasps and penny beads?!

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Thanks to the tremendous response to the wrap bracelet I made for the 2014 Bead Soup Blog Party, my idea is to turn these beauties into Canadian wrap bracelets!

Coming soon … 🙂

 

 

October 17, 2014 at 12:58 pm Leave a comment

bead soup blog party reveal

Oh … so exciting!   Today is the day … the BIG REVEAL for all those participating in Lori Anderson’s 8th annual Bead Soup Blog Party! I can.not.wait. to see what everyone has designed and created!

My beautiful bead soup (if you’ll remember, from the lovely Niky Sayers) has been simmering and stewing away for a few weeks now.  It has finally finished percolating, having left a delightful aroma and an amazing array of ideas to create with.

{a reminder of what Niky sent me (isn’t it gorgeous!?) Thank You so much, Niky!! }

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With such a beautiful assortment, only a few extra ingredients were added to get things going … and they were;

~ a pinch of Czech glass beads, and copper beads,

~ a splash of leather,

~ a drop of chain,

~ a handful of copper rivets,

~ a pat of fabric bias tape,

~ and a little dash of brass & copper wires.

 

And the end result?

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Similar to last year, with so many pretty components, I decided to create more than 1 piece to give them all the spotlight they deserve.  (and besides that … there were just so many ideas running around in my head!)  The initial reveal date was set for May 3rd, and by that time, I had created 3 different pieces … a mixed multi media wrap bracelet, a fabric and chain double strand bracelet and a prominent focal pendant necklace.

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This mixed multi media wrap bracelet features Niky’s handmade coin clasp up front and centre! It is surrounded by the  polka dot lampwork spacer beads by Laura Sparling, the pearl beads, some added Czech glass trumpet beads and a leather band with copper rivets and accents.

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This fabric and chain double strand bracelet features the pink (possibly rose quartz or jade?) round beads surrounded by Liberty of London fabric (in a nod to where this soup originated!) and added natural brass chain & findings.

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This prominent focal pendant necklace features the stunning lampwork focal by Moogin Beads, Niky’s own fancy head pins tripled up with the focal bead and also used as a design element & connector for the Roman glass bead on top surrounded by an added natural brass ring, and copper findings.

 

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Since, the reveal was postponed a week – until now …  a bit of extra time was granted, which gave a little incentive to create a few other items, so for this year’s celebration …  5 pieces materialized out of  my beautiful bead soup (I guess I just wanted as many of the beads to get to go to the bead soup blog party!)

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The newest editions were the butterfly dangle earrings, centered around the beautiful lampwork head pins by Earth Shine Beads, and paired with copper butterfly beads and simple natural brass ear wires.

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And lastly, another multi strand bracelet (hmm … I’m sensing a trend here!)  focusing around Niky’s lentil coin bead and featuring square czech glass beads, liberty of london fabric, purple leather and a mixture of copper and natural brass wire and findings.

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Participating in an event such as this is so incredible.  It is beyond amazing to see the creativity of such a collective group of talented participants – to see what they were sent, and how they chose to work with that to design truly spectacular pieces. It is also so wonderful to receive a package of gorgeous goodies that one would not ordinarily find, and to have been teamed up with a fantastic partner who has now become a new overseas friend 🙂  I can not thank Lori enough for creating/ hosting/organizing such an extraordinary event, and for choosing such a perfect partner to work with! And a huge Thank You to Niky for making this so much fun! I hope you like what became of your beads!

 

Now … I can’t wait to see what Niky came up with, from the soup I sent her!  Interested?  Let’s go check out Silver NikNats …

 

Need more!?  To see a list of all of those participating, and their amazing creations, please visit our lovely host – Lori Anderson’s site

http://www.prettythingsblog.com/2014/05/welcome-to-8th-bead-soup-blog-party.html

Have fun!

May 9, 2014 at 10:01 pm 143 comments

who doesn’t love surprises?!

A little surprise package came in the mail a couple of weeks ago …
if you’ll recall – Lori Anderson was hosting not only her annual Bead Soup Blog Party a while back, but also a Pinterest contest for those interested in participating. Well, my goodie package not only contained a prize from that contest from Nina Designs (for having been chosen in the Best Wire Work category for the hand forged black steel, lampwork bead and leather bracelet), but also a lovely assortment of “bead soup” from Lori, herself!

Here’s a little peek …

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Nina Designs provided a lovely silver plated bronze lotus flower charm, and Lori included some beautiful green gemstone beads, potatoe pearls, Indonesian silver rings & heart beads, and some cute little iBead resin charms mounted on to the backs of none other than the now-out-of-circulation/obsolete Canadian penny! How cool is that 🙂
Thank you so much, Nina Designs & Lori Anderson 🙂

August 9, 2013 at 3:36 pm Leave a comment

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